Three games on Anzac Day 2014?

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  1. elbusto

    elbusto Coach

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    Just a thought as next year ANZAC Day is on a Friday:

    Warriors v Storm 2pm

    Easts v St George 4pm

    Brisbane v ? 7pm

    Three massive games - massive crowds, huge ratings and a great day of footy.

    Main problem will be the Storm game.
     
  2. Heritage XIII

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    Good idea but I would have the Brisbane game on at 2pm as I actually think it is a good idea to have the Storm after the AFL at the G. I say this because a number of AFL fans would have gone to the Storm game and it is a chance to convert a few which no doubt has happened. One just has to look at Storm fb page and the number of fans who identify themselves as fans of their local AFL team and the Storm is quite remarkable.
     
  3. LESStar58

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    Yep. Plenty of red and black and black and white on Thursday...and they weren't Warriors jerseys!
     
  4. CC_Roosters

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    Yeah Brisbane at 2pm would be best as well imo, would be stupid to mess with the storm warriors fixture being at 7pm after the success of recent years.

    Perhaps Brisbane V Canberra? Would mean involvement of more capital cities on the day- Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Auckland.

    Problem with Brisbane at 2pm would be whether 9 would want that slot but also the moral issue of total saturation of the afternoon, evening and night by sport.
     
  5. Stagger Lee

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    BRISBANE on a friday night televised game? - it will never catch on
     
  6. Desert Qlder

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    Far more purple was my observation.

    I think the crossover from the ozzie rules was overstated.
     
  7. The Voice of Reason!

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    Even though I said the other day on another thread that I would like a Brissie game (I was jealous!) I think that broadcasting commitments would nix it. You don't want to bring it too far forward because you don't want to interfere with the ANZAC Day March. There were 50000 in town on the day and you risk either (a) interfering with it (to look at it morally), or (b) fragmenting your attendance base (if you look it like a banker/lawyer/ar*ehole).

    Either way, the Roosters/Dragons game is on at a perfect time, and there definitely shouldn't be another match on at the same time. And as someone else said, it is pretty important to have the walkins from the MCG getting to the Storm, so you can't muck with that.

    Of course, as a Broncos member, it will be good to NOT have a Friday night game for at least that round next year. :)
     
  8. Matchball

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    Warriors V St George.
    Easts V Souths.
    Brisbane V Cowboys.

    That's my pick.
     
  9. Desert Qlder

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    Or perhaps, we could just leave things as is.
     
  10. elbusto

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    We need more FTA coverage on key days like Anzac Day. Building the audience on a day like this is important to give us a competitive edge over rivals.
     
  11. steggz

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    Saints v Easts should kickoff at 3, not 4
     
  12. Desert Qlder

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    We have all the ingredients to do that as it is.

    We probably will never win the viewing figures over the AFL as it is their biggest day outside GF day.

    Our Anzac Day compliments our season, without it being the highlight. But it is growing in its current form and I see no reason for change. Dilution could negate its significance.
     
  13. CC_Roosters

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    Yes on second thoughts I will agree and say leave it as it is. Allow it to build as a tradition. And 2 matches on the day is more than enough.

    Would there be any way to have a armed forces curtain raiser I.e army v navy or air force?
     
  14. BuffaloRules

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    I would keep it at 2 games until the 2nd NZ team joins the NRL and have them play the Broncos in NZ at 4pm NZ time.
     
  15. Billythekid

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    You can also overdo and i think adding a 3rd game would be. I can't help but feel that it may be viewed as the NRL attempting to exploit anzac day as well.
     
  16. beave

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    Broncos v cows in brissy on anzac day would be a waste of an 'event' occasion as that game already gets an awesome turn out. You want to get 2 teams playing on that day that dont normally draw a great crowd and then promote it big time. I posted this in the crowd thread


     
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    The event is set as far as ANZAC day goes. I know it seems tradition that Brisbane must have a Friday night game, but in this instance I think the occasion and tradition depicts that it should not.
     
  18. The Voice of Reason!

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    It's not tradition. It's channel bloody Nine!
     
  19. muzby

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    to quote a man less smarter than i..

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    anzac day is a day of rememberance, not a day of football.


    i think both the NRL and AFL have got it right by having a traditional game, with the dedication & respect provided to those who have fallen..

    the 2nd game in the NRL is pushing it enough.. to then have the entire day dedicated to football just seems ridiculous and disrespectful, and loses the essence of both anzac day, and the traditional anzac day game.


    the potential solution if other clubs want to get in on the act could be to have the winner defend their trophy, the loser out of the anzac day match for the following year.

    the winner could then play, say, the minor premier from the prior year.. eg this year would have been dragons v bulldogs.. keeps some kind of link from year to year, but allows other clubs to be a part of the anzac day ceremony, without going for football overkill.
     
  20. AlwaysGreen

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    2 is enough. We've already got Australia v NZ test match (yes, I'm aware that it is no longer billed as the Anzac test but it is on at the same time of year).

    More games will just mean more lame cammo jerseys anyway.
     

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